The Newsletter of Killymoon Golf Club

Volume 6 Issue 2 - 11 Apr 2018


The Newsletter of the Killymoon Golf Club

Welcome to the 2nd issue of forward 2018, a fortnightly newsletter which, over the spring and summer, will carry news and results from around the club.



With the longer evenings and the weather still proving tricky, it is great to see our members out on the golf course and making the most of the situation after a few very wet months.

Our course is really beginning to come into shape and that is down to the hard work of the Greens Staff led by Head Green – Keeper Raymond McAllister and directed by Course Convenor Niall Johnston.

 There was a good attendance of Team Captains at the annual information evening and I thank all the Team Captains for volunteering to take on the responsibility of leading a Killymoon team in 2018. Inter-Club matches have already begun and Niall Johnston rallied his Ulster Cup team to play Fintona GC in a First Round tie and Oisin Monaghan’s Ulster Four-Ball team played City of Belfast in another first round match. Unfortunately Niall’s team were pipped on Sunday last losing by just ½ a point and Oisin’s team went 4 and ½ to ½ up after a first leg down in Belfast on the same day. The course was very wet and bar needing a boat the lads waded their way through the matches and cast their shots reeling in their opposition. The return leg is this Sunday 15th and your support would be greatly appreciated.

The first Prize Presentation Evening of the season will take place on Friday 27 April at 8.30pm sharp. Prize-winners are reminded that they are expected to attend if you are not there and have not nominated another member to collect your prize it goes back into club funds!!!!     

I would just like to remind members that the entry sheets for the Inter Club Competitions (Sloane, Twigg, Mixed Greensomes, Senior Match-Play and President’s Cups) are now currently available on the Club’s notice board.


Harry Dunlop


The season begins!!!

In regards to the weather and our course condition I believe we are ahead of the game.  Although it is still wet underfoot the course is very playable.  Unfortunately we will still have the option of using mats for a few weeks yet but this is under constant review.  The greens have been scarified, pencil tined and sanded.  This should disappear by the end of the month and is a necessary job to ensure excellent greens in the main golfing season.  The Hole Management Scheme is filling up nicely and will close on Saturday 14th. So if you are interested there is still time to add your name to the folder which is currently in the Pro shop.  Holes will be allocated on Monday 16th April and posted on the club website and noticeboard.  If you have an interest in the course upkeep there is a sheet in the locker room to run a Volunteer Squad.  I hope to have a WhatsApp group to organize the odd evening up at the course doing all the time consuming tasks that keep our greens staff from other more valuable tasks.  Believe me it is a fulfilling venture with a free pint at the end…

Keep it down the middle!!!!

Niall Johnston   


Competitions continue this coming week-end with the Darren Clarke Trophy, a National Qualifier under Stableford conditions of play supported by APS Architects on Saturday and the Garvin Trophy, Stableford, supported by Ralph and Kathleen Garvin on Sunday. Saturday 21 April brings the PGA Tankard, a National Qualifier, under medal conditions and supported by JM Paving and the Cartwheel Bar while the Magherafelt Trophy, Medal and open to Lady Members will be played on Sunday 22 April, also supported by JM Paving and the Cartwheel Bar. A Senior Open (50 years and over) supported by AMC Contract and Tendering Services will be played on Wednesday 25 April. Online Booking is now available.


The first “hole-in-one” of the new season was registered by Ashley Reid. Playing in the Killymoon Spring Classic, Ashley aced the 13th hole. Unfortunately, the competition was non-qualifying and Ashley did not qualify for the Boss watch.


The first three members have qualified for the season ending 36 holes Champion of Champions kindly sponsored by Time Bar+Venue James Street Cookstown. Conor McGranaghan returned a score of 63 nett on Sunday 25 March to win the Moutray Cup. Conor will be joined by Gareth Armstrong and Nathan Magee. Gareth returned 65 nett to win the Killymoon Spring Classic on a better second nine holes from Joe McElduff on Saturday 31 March and Nathan posted 64 nett to pick up the Lombard Trophy played on Saturday 07 April. The Prize Presentation will take place on Friday 27 April at 8.30pm.


A plethora of fine scores saw an almighty scramble for the prizes at Killymoon on Saturday 31 March with the Spring Classic for the Bar Manager’s Prize being a really close affair with count back required to separate the winner and runner up. As it turned out a sizzlingback nine of nett 31 enabled Gareth Armstrong to edge home ahead of Joe McElduff with both players recording a nett 65.In the chasing pack the section prizes were equally hard earned as Seamus Gormley took division 1 with a 67 while Kenny Montgomery needed a blistering back nine of nett 30 to take the honours in division 2 with a 66. Stewart Gillis took division 3 with a 67 thanks to a better second nine and Gerry Daly’s round of nett 66 saw him take the division 4 prize. The gross prize went to Darren McCabe and for Ashley Reid it was a case of lucky 13 as he aced the last in the garden for the season’s first hole in one in competitive play. The Prize Presentation will take place on Friday 27 April at 8.30pm


The Killymoon Shield, a 4BBB Medal competition, was played on Sunday 01 April and attracted a very good entry. There was no fooling the pairing of Peter Jackson and Donal Casey who romped home in the 4BBB format with a fine 56 nett. Eugene Devlin and Ryan Conway took second with a nett. The Prize Presentation will take place on Friday 27 April at 8.30pm.


The Lombard Trophy, a National Qualifier Medal Competition, was played on Saturday 07 April and attracted an entry of 160 members. Nathan Magee signed for a 64 nett to take the honours from runner-up Eugene Devlin who posted 65 nett with a better second nine of 32.

Bryan Martin returned a level par 70 to take best gross while the divisional winners were Kevin Wilson (66 BSN 34), Paul Donnelly (L6H 20), Damian Rushe (68 (BSN 35) and Neil Bradley (65/33).Nathan Magee will now represent Killymoon GC with Club PGA Professional Gary Chambers at the Lombard Trophy Regional Final at Carton House (O’Meara) on Friday 15 June 2018.


The Council Shield, a 4BBB Medal competition, played on Sunday 08 April resulted in a victory for the combination of Eugene Devlin and Michael Crozier posting a nett 61. The runners – up were Martin Monaghan and Brian Quinn with nett 62. The Prize Presentation will take place on Friday 27 April at 8.30pm.


The first in the series of Captain’s Friday Evening Sweeps tees off on Friday 20 April. The format for the first competition will be 9 Holes 4BBB Stableford. Online Booking is now available. Entryis £2 per person and members are asked to register and pay the entry fee in the bar. Play is permitted from 4 until 6pm. Conditions of play and scorecards will be available in the bar with the entry sheet. The Prize Presentation will take place at 8pm and, at least one member of the team MUST be present to collect the prize or the prize will pass.


Play has started in the Inter-Club Competitions with two Killymoon teams in action over the past two weeks. Niall Johnston’s Ulster Cup team went down by the narrowest of margins 7.5 – 6.5 against Fintona GC while Oisin Monaghan’s All Ireland Four – Ball team returned from the away leg at City of Belfast GC with a winning score of 4.5 – 0.5. The second leg will be played at Killymoon on Sunday next 15 April tee off at 12 noon.


Entry Sheets for the Annual Match - Play Competitions (The Sloane Cup, The Twigg Cup, Senior Match – Play, Mixed Greensomes and The Presidents’ Trophy) have been posted on the notice – board. Entry fee will be £4.00 per person per competition payable at time of entry on the sheet using the envelopes provided. Entries will close at 5pm on Friday next 13 April.


Glad to see the season has finally properly started with some fabulous scoring to date. Well done to Anne Neeson and Margaret Henderson on their fine performances at this early stage of the season.

April is such a busy month with so many matches needing to get arranged.  First out was the Challenge Cup Team, captained by Sandra Lamont, who had to travel to Ballymena and play in awful weather conditions last Friday coming away with two well-earned matches.  This is very promising for the return match on the 27th April.

In the next fortnight I wish good luck to the:

  • ·         Junior Foursomes – captained by Oonagh McCoy – away to Strabane
  • ·         Tyrone and Fermanagh Seniors – captained by Daphne Ruddock – away to Enniskillen
  • ·         Intermediate Team – captained by Siobhan Rooney – away to Clandeboye
  • ·         Revive – captained by Catherine Irwin and Diane McIvor – against Dungannon
  • ·         Minor Team – captained by Kate Lennon – home to Bangor.

Well done Donna for trying to keep all those teams apart!

We have 37 heading for the Overnighter in Limavady on 29th which is great.  There should be no more rain left by then – you would think.  I will let you know the draw and tee times nearer the time and Anne will encourage you to have all your monies paid before then.

Don’t forget to jot your name on the Locker List if you currently have one – the list is on the noticeboard

Kathryn Kerr


The Ladies’ Branch Competitions continue to-morrow Thursday 12 April when the ladies will play in the Darren Clarke MS Qualifier under Stableford conditions of play. On Thursday 19 April the Nellie Garrett and Peugeot Foursomes under Stableford conditions fill the diary and ladies have the option to play on Sunday 15 April.


On Saturday 17th March the ladies played the St Patrick's Day competition on a bitterly cold day and it was Donna Mulholland who managed the elements best by winning first prize.

The following week was the Captain’s Drive-In followed by a fun four person team event. After some considerable practice Mr Harry Dunlop sent his opening drive down the middle of the fairway to be followed by Mrs Kathryn Kerr who replied in equally good fashion by splitting the middle of the fairway. However it was Kathryn's victory celebration jig which was enjoyed most by the large gathering. The two drives were an omen of what was ahead in the competition as Harry's team and Kathryn's picked up the main prizes.

The following results are from the ladies competitions to date:
March 22nd saw Kate Lennon win with 35 points with Josie Donnelly runner up on 32 points. The front nine and back nine were won by Noreen Sheehy and Diane McIvor respectively.
Captains Drive In winners were Lady Captain Kathryn, Vice-Captain Avril Marshall, Josie Donnelly and Donna Mulholland.
The P.G.A.Tankard on 29th March produced fantastic results. Winner was Anne Neeson 47 followed by Margaret Henderson on 45 (this is not a typing error) a runner up score which would be winning most competitions; so very well done Anne and Margaret. Front nine on 21 points Kay Simpson closely followed by Ivy Montgomery Sandra Lamont and Sheila Doonan with back nine winner Colleen Conway scoring 23 points.

Glasgow Cup winner on 73 nett was Margaret Henderson while Sharon Gallagher on 74 nett was runner-up. Front nine and back nine were won respectively by Sheila Doonan 37.5 and Heather Campbell on 35 nett. Well done to all our winners. The season is now well underway; all we need is some warm sunshine!


Siobhan Rooney


Killymoon Golf Club will host a Charity Breakfast in aid of the Mid Ulster Stroke Survivors’ Club on this coming Friday 13 April from 7 – 11am. Everyone is welcome.


Effective Tuesday 01 May 2018, the following are the Summer Opening Hours for Fairways Restaurant:

MONDAY:           CLOSED

TUESDAY:            2 – 9pm

WEDNESDAY:     2 – 9pm

THURSDAY:         12 – 3pm and 5 – 9pm

FRIDAY:               12 – 3pm and 5 – 9pm

SATURDAY:         10am – 9pm

SUNDAY:             10am – 8pm


Effective Tuesday 01 May2018 the following are the Summer Bar Opening Hours:

MONDAY:           CLOSED (Open on Bank Holidays)

TUESDAY:            1pm – 9pm

WEDNESDAY:     1pm – 11pm

THURSDAY:         12 – 11pm

FRIDAY:               12 – 11pm

SATURDAY:         11am – 11pm

SUNDAY:             12 – 11pm


The final quiz in the Friday Evening Series in aid of Charis Cancer Care and the Southern Area Hospice will take place in the Function Room on Friday 20 April teeing off at 8.30pm. The quiz will feature the usual eclectic mix of Pot Luck, True or False, Dingbats, Family Fortunes, Films and Picture Questions. Entry is £5 (incl. Light Supper) per person and teams are limited to a maximum of 6 persons. Please get a team together to support this very worthy cause. Anyone interested in sponsoring Quiz or Raffle Prizes is asked to call in the office or email

Currently, the monies raised from the series stands at £3600.00 and the Cheque Presentation to the two deserving charities will take place in the Function Room at the conclusion of the quiz.




Practise Profile

The practice was founded in June 2003, by Terry Murphy, a local man from Cookstown, & Graeme Blacklaws, originally from Scotland arrived in Cookstown over 22 years ago. The practise grew from strength to strength & soon developed a solid portfolio of clients which led to the appointment of Martin Quinn initially as an associate in 2005 becoming a partner in 2006.

Terry Murphy having worked in Northern Ireland for nearly 30 years has an extensive experience in all aspects of Residential and Commercial Architecture. The projects include small-scale extensions, new house designs and prestigious housing developments 

Graeme Blacklaws having worked in Scotland, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland for over 35 years  has a wide range of experience in all aspects of Architectural Services from inception through planning permission, building control, preparation of tender information to on site monitoring of projects from small scale residential to large scale commercial and industrial buildings.

Martin Quinn having worked in Northern Ireland for over 27 years has a wide range of experience in all aspects of Architectural Services from medium to large scale commercial, industrial & residential projects

The amalgamation of the varying expertise that Terry Murphy, Graeme Blacklaws & Martin Quinn have is of significant value when dealing with the ever-changing market within the Architectural Profession.

Services which the practice offers, are:

- Outline Planning, Reserve Matters & Full Planning
- Building Control Submissions
- Working Drawings / production information for Tender packages
- Site Inspections for mortgage purposes
- Full contract administration

APS Architects LLP are pleased to sponsor the Darren Clarke Trophy, a National Qualifier in aid of Multiple Sclerosis, on Saturday 14 April.

APS Architects LLP

Unit 4 Mid Ulster Business Park

Derryloran Industrial Estate

Sandholes Road


BT80 9LU

Tel: 028 8676 0036

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JM Paving is a Cookstown based company specialising in all types of paving, landscaping and new builds. Incorporated in 2007, the company is under the direction of Killymoon member Joseph Martin.

To contact JM Paving call Joseph on 07968 335 569 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Situated at 23 James Street, Cookstown, the Cartwheel is a family run bar which has been in the hands of the Mulgrew family for the past 30 odd years. With entertainment provided 4 nights per week, you are always assured of a good night’s craic and company at the Cartwheel.

To contact the Cartwheel call 028 8676 3672.#

JM Paving and the Cartwheel Bar are pleased to sponsor the PGA Tankard, a National Qualifier, on Saturday 21 April and the Magherafelt Trophy on Sunday 22 April


There was no winner of the £10,000.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 01 April 2018. The letters were drawn by Peter Martin. The Lucky Letters drawn were D K T V.Roy Montgomery (DKVP),AustinQuinn (DKVP), Geraldine Teague (GKTV), Ally Nugent (FKTV), Paddy Conway (DKOV), Micky McElwee (DKLT) and Darren Hampsey (DEKT)eachmatched 3 letters and shared the Mini Jackpot of £105.00.

There was no winner of the £10,000.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 08 April 2018. The letters were drawn by Gordon McAlister. The Lucky Letters drawn wereA I J X. Michelle Donnelly(AHIJ) matched 3 letters and won the Mini Jackpot of £100.00.

The next Lucky Letters draw will take place on this coming Sunday 15 Aprilat 6pm in the Members’ Bar when the jackpot will be £10,000.00.


Three golfers are standing at the Gates of Heaven and Saint Peter asked them if they ever cheated while playing golf with their wives.

The first man said “all the time”. So, Saint Peter gave him a motorcycle and admitted him to Heaven.

The second man said: “I cheated a couple of times”. So, Saint Peter gave him a mid-sized car and let him into Heaven.

The third man said: “For 40 years I only ever played golf with my wife and I NEVER cheated”. So, Saint Peter gave him a Rolls Royce and admitted him to Heaven.

A week later the three men met at an intersection in Heaven and the third man was sitting in his car crying. The other men asked why he was crying, after all, he had such a nice car. The third man replied saying:

“I have just seen my wife and she was riding a skateboard”.


The next issue of “FORWARD” will be available on the web on Wednesday25 April. We value your opinions and ideas and any member wishing to “Have Your Say” should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Monday 23 April.

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